I have a rather large stash of fabrics so I dug deep and found this light blue floral polyester blend that has been in my stash for at least 10 years. I washed it, hung it to dry and was able to cut the blouse out of 2 yards of 58" wide fabric.
I chose to make View A as I liked the sleeve option and the front having the crossover button detail. I cut out a size 18 C/D at the top and graded out to a size 20 in the waist. I cut the bottom "skirt" out as a size 20. The top portion fit perfectly but the waist was still a bit snug right at the seam line so I ended up letting out the four waistline darts just a tad (2 in the back and 2 in the front.) Now the fit is more comfortable. Since I'm 5' even and the pattern is drafted for a taller gal, I shortened the upper bodice by 1" and think I could go a little more next time. The length was perfect as is. Other than that I changed nothing else with the pattern.
I am thrilled with the back of this garment, no pulling, it looks nice and feminine. This blouse will be in constant rotation this spring for sure.
I feel like a clothing blog post can't be complete unless I have an out take. I don't know if you guys remember the show, "My Name is Earl" but the main character on the show could not take a photograph without his eyes being closed and for some reason as an adult the same applies to me. This photo shoot was taken by my husband and he took about 75 photos and SO MANY my eyes were closed and of course it is always the photo I love the most. HAHA oh well, so here it is.